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Dining at Tempe Marketplace – So Many Options!

Tempe Marketplace, located at McClintock Drive and Rio Salado Parkway, has a little bit of everything when you are in need of some good grub. Whether you are ready for a sit-down, relaxing dinner or a quick grab-n-go meal or snack, you will find what you are looking for in their extensive list of dining options.

Bar Louie
2000 Rio Salado Pkwy. #1220, Tempe, AZ 85281
480-658-1600

Eat. Drink. Be Happy. That is the motto at Bar Louie and once you get there, you will do just that. The menu features something for everyone including, flatbreads, pasta, burgers, salads and desserts. Drink selections include beer, wine, martinis, margaritas and sangria. Happy hour is offered Monday-Friday from 4-7 p.m.

California Pizza Kitchen
2000 E. Rio Salado Pkwy. #1253, Tempe, AZ 85281
480-967-0498

California Pizza Kitchen, or CPK as most of us know it, is perfect for a quick yummy lunch or a fun family dinner. Their extensive menu includes pizzas, pastas, salads, power bowls and lunch specials. They have a nice selection of cocktails and don’t forget the amazing butter cake for dessert.

Dave & Busters
2000 E. Rio Salado Pkwy., Tempe, AZ 85281
480-281-8456

Eat, drink and play your day (or night) away! Dave & Busters is a prime spot for fun with lots of arcade games, plenty of televisions to watch sports, and great food and drinks.

Kabuki Japanese Restaurant
2000 Rio Salado Pkwy., Tempe, AZ 85281
480-350-9160

If you are in the mood for Japanese, make your way to Kabuki. This stylish restaurant has a large menu featuring sushi, sashimi, poke bowls, ramen and more. Happy hour is Monday-Friday from 3-6 p.m.

The Keg Steakhouse & Bar
23 S. McClintock Dr., Tempe, AZ 85281
480-557-5552

The perfect place for a special occasion or night out, The Keg specializes in steaks, prime rib, chicken, ribs and seafood.  Happy hour is offered Monday-Friday from 4-7 p.m. in the bar and on the patio.

Lucille’s Smokehouse Bar-B-Que
2030 E. Rio Salado Pkwy., Tempe, AZ 85281
480-966-7427

Lucille’s BBQ serves up southern favorites that are packed with flavor. My favorite items on the menu are pulled pork and fried green tomatoes for an appetizer. All meals start out with hot from the oven rolls and honey butter. You will definitely not be hungry after a meal at Lucille’s. Happy hour (in the bar only) is Monday-Friday from 3-7 p.m. and 9 p.m. to close seven days a week.

MAD Greens
2000 E. Rio Salado Pkwy. #1215, Tempe, AZ 85281
602-283-3901

MAD Greens works with farms to make sure all the produce used to make their salads is as fresh as possible. But they’re not just about salads. Try one of their wraps, paninis, soups or fresh juices. I love the Siam I Am, a protein power salad that’s made with quinoa, chicken, kale, green onions, spinach and a ginger dressing.

Nekter Juice Bar
2000 E. Rio Salado Pkwy. #1213, Tempe, AZ 85281
480-771-5900

Nekter Juice Bar’s all natural juices and smoothies contain fresh produce and greens – only the best. They also serve delicious acai bowls, which just so happen to be one of my favorite things ever. Those looking to detox might want to take advantage of their juice cleanses, which range from 1 to 5 days.

Noodles & Company
2000 E. Rio Salado Pkwy., Tempe, AZ 85281
480-921-3500

If you love noodles and pasta, this is your paradise. Something I love about this restaurant is the ability to create your own dish. You can choose an entrée, add meat or tofu and then “green it up, soup it up or veg it up.” Pasta dishes vary in inspiration from American, Italian, Thai and Japanese. You will also find soups, salads and sandwiches to choose from.

Portillo’s
65 S. McClintock, Tempe, AZ 85281
480-967-7988

A Chicagoland favorite since 1963, Portillo’s features a diverse menu that features Chicago-style hot dogs, beef sandwiches, salads, ribs and more. Desserts include Portillo’s famous chocolate cake, strawberry shortcake and yummy milkshakes. If you’re in a hurry, take advantage of the convenient drive-thru.

Thirsty Lion Gastropub & Grill
2000 E. Rio Salado Pkwy., Tempe, AZ 85281
480-968-2920

The Thirsty Lion Pub offers up traditional sports bar fare with a twist highlighting burgers, pizzas, salads, seafood, sandwiches and more. They also offer a seasonal menu and a craft beer and cider menu. You can dine indoors or enjoy the large patio that faces the District shops.  Happy hour takes place from 3-6 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. until midnight.

For a full list of all the restaurants located at Tempe Marketplace, visit http://www.tempemarketplace.com/dine/dining-guide/

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